|At the Table: Perspectives on Iran Negotiations from Two Former U.S. Negotiators|
FEB 7 - PUBLIC EVENT Nicholas Burns (Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 2005-2008) and Robert Einhorn (Former State Department Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, 2009-2013) - two former U.S. negotiators on Iran - joined PSA for a bipartisan discussion on the recent international agreement with Iran, prospects for a long-term deal, and their first-hand experiences with this critical issue.
|Carol Giacomo, The New York Times, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner|
JAN 30 - Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs and defense policy editor at The New York Times Editorial Board, joined PSA's Fall 2013 Congressional Partnership Program participants for a final off-the-record dinner. In her position on the prestigious Editorial Board of The New York Times, Giacomo is responsible for defining issues of critical global interest and leading national dialogues on foreign policy and national security matters.
|Ambassador Jim Collins, Congressional Partnership Program Off-the-Record Dinner|
JAN 22 - Former Ambassador Jim Collins joined PSA for an off-the-record dinner with alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program. Collins, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia (1997-2001), discussed recent stumbling blocks between the U.S. and Russia and reflected on his experiences managing U.S. diplomatic relations in difficult assignments at the State Department.
|PSA/USIP Capitol Hill Briefing: A Report from Inside Iran with Robin Wright|
PUBIC EVENT JAN 13 - Author and journalist Robin Wright, who has covered Iran for more than 40 years, visited Capitol Hill to offer insights from her recent two-week trip. She discussed Tehran’s new strategic goals, the shifting balance of political power, the economic challenges and future potential, the post-election public mood, prospects for the current negotiations and the spoilers as well as U.S.-Iran relations.
|Iraqi Kurdistan - the other Iraq|
On December 9th, 2013, PSA hosted a Capitol Hill panel discussion on Iraqi Kurdistan. The relative stability of Iraqi Kurdistan's capital, the recent policy changes towards the Kurdish community, and the economic potential of the region all point to historical change for this autonomous region, including the possibility of independence.
|CPP Alumni Dinner w/ IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee|
DEC 4 - Partnership for a Secure America held a private CPP alumni dinner with IAEA Deputy Director General Janice Nunn Lee to discuss the IAEA's role in the current P5+1 talks with Iran, the future of the IAEA, and the how nuclear energy, security, and nonproliferation play a role in the global security landscape.
|PSA/USIP Lunch Briefing - The Budget & U.S. Foreign Affairs|
NOV 20 - The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) held a congressional staff only off-the-record, bipartisan lunch discussion on the changing budget and appropriations process over the last four years and how it has impacted the foreign affairs budget. Two formative experts, Jim Dyer and Kate Eltrich, shared their perspective on the current budget environment, the upcoming budget deadlines, and the prospects for future budgeting.
|CPP Dinner with Donald McHenry, former US Ambassador to the United Nations|
PSA held a special off-the-record CPP dinner with PSA Advisory Board member Donald McHenry, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The discussion focused on Amb. McHenry's service in the United Nations, how the U.S. can use its leadership position in the UN to advance U.S. priorities today, and the future of U.S. engagement in intergovernmental organizations.
|The United States-Mexico Security Relationship|
PUBLIC EVENT Two participants in Partnership for a Secure America’s Congressional Partnership Program hosted a discussion with Professor John Bailey, Georgetown University, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service Director, Mexico Project and Iñigo Guevara, Mexican writer and analyst specializing in Latin American defense and security issues; former adviser to Mexico’s Office of the National Security Council on the United States-Mexico Security Relationship. This event was held on Monday, September 30th.
|CPP Dinner with Olli Heinonen, former IAEA Deputy Director General|
PSA held a special off-the-record CPP dinner with Dr. Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the IAEA and current Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, to discuss nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, IAEA oversight, current technical assessments, and options for the international community.
|PSA/USIP Host an Afternoon with USIP Experts|
Over the August Recess, PSA/USIP hosted congressional staff and USIP experts to discuss new work around the globe in conflict resolution and prevention. This was an information exchange opportunity for researchers, field practitioners, and policymakers.